Ongo, a housing provider, is to install sprinkler systems in Scunthorpe flats early in the New Year. The housing partnership is investing in sprinkler systems for four high rise blocks of apartments – Princess House, Sutton House and Crosby House, on Market Hill, and Trent View House, on Bridges Road. They will benefit from a total investment of £800k.
The sprinkler systems will serve each individual flat and all communal areas.
£800k Scunthorpe flats scheme
Ongo says: “The decision to fit sprinklers was taken voluntarily by our board members immediately after the fatal fire at Grenfell Tower, in London, in June 2017. The programme is being funded by us.”
Andy Orrey, Chief Executive adds: “Along with the rest of the country, we watched with horror as the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower claimed the lives of so many people.”
‘Sprinkler systems save lives’
Mr Orrey explains: “Whilst immediate checks on our buildings confirmed the cladding differed from that on Grenfell Tower, and we have lots of fire prevention measures already in place, we can’t take any risks with the safety of our tenants.
“Sprinkler systems save lives and protect properties. The decision to fit them was an easy one to take. As a landlord it is our responsibility to protect our tenants as much as we can. But it is equally important that people feel safe in their homes and by taking this action we can provide them that additional peace of mind.”
Work imminent at Scunthorpe flats
Work will start at Trent View House and Crosby House on January 15.
All tenants living in the flats have been notified about the work, and what to expect. The whole project is expected to take approximately 18 weeks to complete.
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